Living with ambiguity

Last night, CNN’s Pamela Brown interviewed Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. His agenda was to promote his new book, Integrity Counts, which he deftly mentioned each time he answered a question. Brown’s agenda was to ask (repeatedly and unsuccessfully), “Why did you vote for Trump when you knew his claims that the upcoming election was rigged were untrue?”

Public figures are always on message, to the point that it can be wearisome. We’re in a moment of history when ambiguity is out of fashion. A little ambiguity now and then can be a good thing.

I miss the days when football games could end in a tie. When Alabama and Texas tied 3-3 in the 1960 Bluebonnet Bowl, it simply made me appreciate Alabama’s kicker, Tommy Brooker (1939-2019). The last college football game to end in a tie was in 1995, when Illinois and Wisconsin tied 3-3.

In the next few posts, I plan to consider the tension between the virtue of moral certainty and the reality of moral ambiguity.

To watch the last play of the 1995 Illinois-Wisconsin game, click here (via Facebook)

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